Fire Breaks Out At Irving Park Road Auto Battery Plant

CHICAGO (CBS) — A fire broke out Monday afternoon at a former auto battery plant in the St. Ben’s neighborhood.

The fire broke out at the vacant building that formerly housed the Illinois Battery Manufacturing Company, at 2543 W. Irving Park Rd.

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A related business, Illinois Battery Specialists, is located across the street at 2456 W. Irving Park Rd. The owner speculated the fire was electrical in nature, given the age of the building.

A Level 1 Hazardous Materials alarm was also called as a precaution, fire officials said.

The fire was out by just before 2 p.m. Monday. There were no injuries or hospitalizations, fire officials said.

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  • Joe

    Went past the fire when it first broke through the roof. Very intense flames. I was a little nervous driving past because I thought the building was in use for manufacturing car batteries.

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    Note to Joe, stay away from the flames, they burn you and are very hot.

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